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Level 3 Certificate Childcare & Education

Subject Area


Student Type


Study Mode

Part Time

Course Type

Adult Further Education

What is the course about?

The Technical Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education will prepare you for the Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator). The course will provide you with essential knowledge of children from birth to seven years and practical experience working with children from birth to five years.

Why should I choose the course?

If you are interested in a career in childcare, then this course will enable you to gain the skills you require to work within a childcare setting. You will gain valuable experience within a childcare environment where you will link theory to practice.

What will I learn?

Examples of units that will be covered:

Child development

Play and learning

Understanding additional needs

Child Health

Providing Safe Environments

Observation assessment and planning

What will the course lead on to?

The Technical Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education will prepare you to work with children from birth to five years and help you gain knowledge of children aged five to seven years. You could also progress on to the second year to complete the Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education or into a job within an early years setting.

After completion of the technical diploma, you could then progress on to a Level 4 HNC Early Childhood Education and Care.

Are there any links with industry and university?

You must have a placement or be working within an early years setting at the beginning of the course to cover the mandatory placement. This demonstrates competence in both knowledge and skills.

The college has good links with local early years settings and has a wide range of opportunities for guest speakers.

What support is available?

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

We offer students on higher education courses access to exceptional facilities, experienced tutors, and a supportive learning environment.

Our tutors will offer you the benefit of their own industry experiences, whilst also encompassing the knowledge and experience of the students in class. The open approach to learning at the college allows you to understand how the topic or unit you are studying relates not just to your personal working environment but also the working environment of your peers.

What are the entry requirements?

You must be over the age of 19 to study this course.

You will need to complete a 365-hour work placement to complete this course, therefore you must be working, volunteering, or completing a practical placement for a minimum of two days per week.

It is recommended you hold GCSE English and/or maths at grade 4/C or above, or equivalent.

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

For the course, you will need to have a folder, a notepad, pens, felt tips, highlighters, dividers, and plastic wallets. If you do not work in a setting and are going to be volunteering, you will need to apply for a DBS which is approximately £38.

Trips that may take place include Edge Hill University, Chester University, and Thackary Museum. Trips will cost between £20-30 each.

Other costs may include textbooks to support your learning.

Careers Information

Course options


31 Weeks
Class Times
08:45 - 16:00
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
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Fees Information
FREE* if you are 19+ studying for your first full level 3 qualification or you are unemployed or your income is below £20,319. This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. *Ts&Cs apply.

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